Moonlit Mayhem—A Review of Jim Butcher's Fool Moon

Published 26 Feb 2024
by Anca Antoci

Title: Fool Moon
Author: Jim Butcher
Released: 01.01.2001
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3.99 (read)
Our review:
3.50 (read)

I’m slowly catching up with my reviews in the Dresden Files series and today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the second book in this urban fantasy series, Fool Moon. As you probably guessed already, the supernatural of the day is werewolves.

Book Description from the back cover

Harry Dresden — Wizard

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work — magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses--and the first two don't count...

My review

From the very first page, you’re thrust into Harry’s world, where business for Chicago’s only professional wizard is anything but booming. Yet, as fate would have it, a gruesome murder laced with monstrous clues lands squarely on his doorstep, igniting a chain of events that will test Harry’s mettle like never before.

Butcher masterfully explores the blurred lines between good and evil in the supernatural domain, while also delving into the struggles of maintaining normalcy in a world teeming with magic. As you navigate the intricate web of Harry’s journey, themes of loyalty, friendship, and justice resonate, adding layers of depth to the narrative.

The narrative’s fast-paced action, laced with witty dialogue, propels the reader through a landscape brimming with danger and unexpected twists. The engaging world-building captivates, immersing you in a realm where murder, magic, and mayhem dance in a delicate balance.

There’s one thing that didn’t make sense to me, but I can’t say it without giving away spoilers. Let's just say that Murphy, who I thought was his friend, doesn't really act like one. I seriously hope she’ll come around, because right now she’s pretty unlikable.

At its core, “Fool Moon” delves into the murky depths of morality within the supernatural realm, the classic battle between good and evil.

If you enjoy urban fantasy, I strongly suggest checking out this series.

Our final verdict: